Microsoft Pure and Turtle Mobile Phones (Project Pink) early specs revealed: You had me until the “Windows 6 CE” verbiage…

by Mike
Posted February 16th, 2010 at 7:17 am

As much as I and I’m sure many of you like to drool over the highest quality smartphones, not everyone wants, needs, or can afford such lavish expenditures. For such individuals, more mid to lower-range smartphones with a basic web browser, full qwerty, and decent email support are enough. It looked as if the much lauded “Project Pink” handsets from Microsoft (dubbed the Pure and Turtle) were going to be quite the hot ticket item for lower-end smartphone sales — and then I read the spec sheet.

Windows 6 CE? CE?! Eck. Granted, the UI will most likely be heavily skinned, power will be rather impressive thanks to an Nvidia Tegra chip stuffed inside, and if a decent SDK were released for these little phones, gaming wouldn’t be half bad. In that light, they don’t seem half bad.

But I can’t help the constant flashbacks I keep getting of the old mobile POS systems that I used to deal with in retail. Ya, that was a nightmare. But again, CE is just the base of the OS (still that’s unfortunate) with every trace of the aged system being replaced with more “Zune-like” appearance.

Let’s hope Microsoft doesn’t spend all of it’s time and resources just making Windows Phone 7 all it can be. You have to look out for the little guys too. Anyone anxious to pick up a Windows CE phone?

Electronista > WM Experts

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